Ascent of Newman Peak on 2011-12-20

Climber: Dean Molen

Others in Party:Eric Noel
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Peak:Newman Peak
    Elevation:3960 ft / 1207 m

Ascent Trip Report

With Eric Noel, we followed Dennis Poulin's trip report posted here at Peakbagger. As I was ascending up a dry wash on some talus, I felt something "go" in my left calf muscle which then became very painful for me to continue ascending since the route kept getting steeper and steeper. Instead of quitting, I managed to get past the difficulties to the 3960 point where I realized that I was going too slow to get to the summit, only a 1/3rd of a mile away and 500 plus feet higher to allow us to get off the steep parts before dark. Had we started an hour earlier, I would have still made it too the summit, injury or no injury. I told Eric to go ahead as I was slowing us down and I awaited his successful return from the summit. I discovered some Ibuprofen in my pack which fortunately masked the pain on the descent and I was able to move faster. Had I found it earlier, I would have made the summit. Oh well, I will return and finish this one. I know the roads in and the route up. Thanks to Dennis for his great info.
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